T.H.E. Show Newport
Beach (The Home Entertainment Show) 2013
This is not
his clone, but the real strongman of high-end audio Mat Weisfeld of VPI doing
far more than just carrying his own weight at T.H.E. Show Newport Beach 2013. Mat
knows Lucette's feet must be tired from walking the hallways and so will carry you
in the way someone of such high esteem deserves. For those unfamiliar, Lucette
Nicoll is a great PR person for many companies and, in many ways, the
ringleader of the press too. Bravo Lucette, you did an excellent job here in
Mat showing his appreciation towards the extremely
hard-working Lucette Nicoll. Lucette has many years of helping
promote/organize both shows and as a manufacturer representative. We have
known one another for, what, about 18 years. If I may be so bold, am sure all
of us in the industry who have benefited from Lucette’s diligent work would
agree, Lucette is indeed Cali Cool.
IMPEX Records’ wizard of things vinyl is Abey Fonn. The
company produces some mighty impressive records, very clean and of top
quality. Check them out!
Eastwind Import had a wide variety of music for attendees
to purchase and enjoy!
Reference Recordings made a great showing here at T.H.E.
Show Newport Beach 2013. Jan is very knowledgeable and always helpful for
helping you find just the right music you are looking for.
Ginko Audio and Dana Cables.
Kimber Kable always progressing the electrical signal transfer industry
along with their Select series that features all copper, copper/silver wire
mix, or for the true purists all silver cables.
EMM Labs used T.H.E. Show Newport Beach 2013 to launch their
new XDS1 V2 ($25,000) next
generation DAC. EMM Labs engineers completely redesigned the digital systems
and now has new S/PDIF coax, optical TosLink and USB inputs. Each supports up
to 24-bit/192kHz, while the USB also supports DSD streaming.
The always enjoyable iso-Mike room had a
full stack of EMM Labs reference digital including TSDX CD/SACD Transport and
DAC2X stereo DAC ($30,000 per set) plus a Meitner MA-2 player ($11,000). Also
in use were two EMM Labs reference PRE2 pre-amplifiers for up to four-channels
playback ($15,000 each) with a six-channel DAC6SE DAC being fed directly from
a Sonoma-32 DSD recorder. To drive the speakers they chose the wonderful Pass
Labs X350.5 power amps and two pairs of Sony SSAR-1s for four-channel
surround. This room was wires with Kimber Kable including KS-1130, Palladian
14, Palladian 10 and PK14Gs.
Attendees could enjoy and purchase artistic work by Living
Sound, a company that focuses on the visuals of musicians and music.
Robert Harley of The Absolute Sound was here at T.H.E. Show
2013 personally discussing how to make your system better while also offering
his excellent book The Complete Guide To High-End Audio. If you don't
have a copy yet... buy it because you'll never be truly Cali Cool
Vivid Audio Giya 3 speakers sounded really impressive with the
Luxman DA-06 ($40,00 and $6000 respectively). Enjoyed them playing John Mayer jamming in double
DSD. Great sound!
MulaMula model Maku Control Amplifier and Kulga Mono
Amplifier ($10,000 and $7500 respectively).
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